Authentic German Potato Salad: A Flavorful Side Dish


Take a culinary journey to Germany with our Authentic German Potato Salad, a beloved classic that puts a tangy spin on the traditional side dish. This version replaces the creamy, mayonnaise-based dressing common to American potato salads with a zesty vinegar and mustard dressing that will tantalize your taste buds. This potato salad, loaded with crispy bacon, sautéed onions, and fresh herbs, is a hearty accompaniment to any meal, particularly grilled meats, and is equally delicious on its own. Prepare to enjoy every forkful of this flavorful recipe!


  • 2 lbs (about 900g) of waxy potatoes, such as Yukon Gold or red potatoes
  • 6 slices of bacon, diced
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of whole grain mustard
  • 1 tablespoon of honey or granulated sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup of fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of chives, chopped (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil


  1. Cook the Potatoes:
  • Thoroughly wash the potatoes and boil them in a pot of salted water until they are fork-tender, about 15-20 minutes. Drain and allow to cool slightly. Optionally, peel the potatoes and then slice into rounds or cubes. Transfer the potato slices to a large mixing bowl.
  1. Render the Bacon:
  • Place the diced bacon in a skillet over medium heat and cook until crispy. Remove the bacon and set it aside on paper towels to drain, retaining the bacon fat in the skillet.
  1. Sauté Onions:
  • Using the bacon fat, sauté the onions in the skillet until they are translucent and slightly browned, about 5-7 minutes, adding richness to their flavor.
  1. Mix the Dressing:
  • In a small bowl, combine the apple cider vinegar, whole grain mustard, honey or sugar, and season with salt and pepper. Whisk together until the dressing is smooth.
  1. Combine Salad Ingredients:
  • Pour the dressing over the warm sliced potatoes, then add the crispy bacon and sautéed onions. Toss gently, ensuring the potatoes are well coated with the dressing.
  1. Incorporate Fresh Herbs:
  • Stir in the chopped parsley and chives (if using), mixing them through to distribute evenly.
  1. Finalizing and Serving:
  • The German Potato Salad can be served warm, room temperature, or chilled. Let the salad sit for at least 30 minutes before serving to allow the flavors to meld.
  • Garnish with additional herbs if desired right before serving.

Tips for Variation:

  • Experiment with Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar brings a traditional tang, but white wine vinegar can offer a milder taste if preferred.
  • Make it Vegetarian: Eliminate the bacon and substitute with vegetable broth or an extra splash of olive oil for frying the onions.
  • Enhance Texture: Add elements like diced celery or crunchy pickles for additional texture and flavor layers.

Authentic German Potato Salad is more than just a side dish; it’s a vibrant, flavorful experience that brings a slice of German culture to your table. This potato salad, which is ideal for serving alongside a variety of main courses or as a standout dish at your next potluck or barbecue, will impress with its depth of flavor and hearty ingredients. Enjoy preparing this delicious taste of Germany in your own kitchen!